I’ll start by saying- I had very low expectations going into this film because the trailer was pretty awful. Moreover, I was already starting to become annoyed with the voice of James Corden as Peter Rabbit. Regardless, I stuck with my same rating system, where I start with an 8 and based on how much I enjoy it I move up or down proportionately. (If my ratings seem to be stricter, it’s because I am trying to judge more harshly so when something I love comes out, it stands out more. Therefore the film I have watched most recently that I would like to demote is Tomb Raider because: sure it was very enjoyable, but was it very GOOD? My thought, probably not.)
My Rating Range:
0- Not even worthy of merit
1- Truly Cataclysmic
2- A complete waste of my time
5- Not enjoyable
8- Very Good
What is ‘Peter Rabbit’ about?
Based on the books by Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit (James Corden;) his threes sisters: Flopsy (Margot Robbie,) Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and Cotton Tail (Daisy Ridley) and their cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody) enjoy their days harassing Mr McGregor in his vegetable garden. Until one day he dies and no one can stop them roaming across his house and lands for a full day or so. However, when one of Mr McGregor’s relatives inherits the house and goes to check it out, he finds much more than he bargained for. What ensues, is a battle of wills between the new Mr McGregor and the rabbits. But when he starts to fall in love with Bea (Rose Byrne,) a real lover of all nature, his feelings towards them begin to change. But is it too late?
What did I think?
Positives: This film made me smile for large portions and if a film does that it must be doing at least something right. This slapstick was good and the exaggerated comedy sequences where people are slammed against walls via electric fences etc are the best versions of this. I liked Domnhall Gleeson because he’s great in everything and I really thought he played a villain embittered by the animals but also with a softness underlying from his love of Bea. Also I found it fun to start trying to guess who was voicing each character, however this could be considered a negative as my focus straight away wasn’t with the film.
Negatives: James Corden just isn’t Peter Rabbit. Right from the off his voice just didn’t work for me. He just seems very cocky and I don’t know whether this is how he is presented in the original books because I haven’t read them, but from what I have heard it doesn’t seem like it was. I thought that sections of the film were quite boring with truly terrible jokes that left deathly silence ringing around the cinema. Finally, one of the sketches made fun of an allergy in a way I thought was very insensitive. Although I appreciate they have apologised it should never have made it into the film
Conclusion: I thought it was alright. It went through it’s running time and not once was I bored but equally not once was I truly engaged. It had some good gags but it felt as if they were throwing jokes at you just hoping that one of them would land. Sure, some of them did, and I laughed more than once, but there were also vast expanses of dryness throughout.
My rating- 6.5/10 (Good with enjoyable parts)